White paper concludes that RITA directly contributed to qualitative & quantitative improvements in Care Homes in Dudley & North Tyneside
Introducing Reminiscence Interactive Therapy Activities
Glenn Martyn Smith - RN (MH), BN (Hons), PostGradDip Nursing
Staff at Harplands Hospital provide an insight in to how they used RITA's reminiscence and activity content to positively engage with a patient and gave him a voice again!
Withybush General Hospital, based in Haverfordwest, provides acute care across Pembrokeshire to a population with high numbers of older people. Hospital admissions have been rising steadily for over a decade and there are often delays in discharging older patients, leading to outliers on medical and surgical wards. This has an adverse effect on patient care and leads to increased length of stay and increased morbidity and mortality.
Withybush joined the Acute Frailty Network in May 2018 (The first Welsh HB to do so) Since then the team has pioneered an ambitious frailty improvement project.
Ward G6 at Addenbrooke’s Hospital cares for people with a wide variety of medical conditions who require admission to an acute hospital. The ward environment has been specially developed to cater better for people with delirium and dementia.
The recent acquisition of three RITA Reminiscence Interactive Therapy/Activity systems has enabled the ward to reduce falls and reduce 1-1 support. One particular patient benefitted from the person-centred content, as she no longer puts herself on the floor, which had been a regular occurrence.
The ward used RITA for an average of 12 hours per day.
Llys Cadfan is a care home owned by Gwynedd Council in North Wales. It caters for older people, in particular people living with dementia. They accommodate 28 residents who may require long stay, short stay, respite or day care.
Gwynedd Council purchased two RITA packages in late 2019 and an additional nine packages in early 2020. Soon after training took place COVID struck and the care homes were put in to lock down. RITA has played an instrumental role in supporting the most vulnerable during lock down.
Read the case study here which provides an insight into how RITA was used to enhance the lives and well-being of residents at Llys Cadfan.
Introducing Reminiscence Interactive Therapy Activities. Glenn Martyn Smith
RN (MH), BN (Hons), PostGradDip Nursing, V300 Independent and Supplementary Prescribing
Independent Healthcare Consultant
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